Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced in the Localism Act of 2011 to enable parishes and communities to have a say on the development of a plan as a support document to the overall County Durham Development Plan and carries weight in the planning decision making processes.

Cotherstone Parish Council has always worked closely with the planning authority to maintain the character of the village and surrounding areas and for the protection of the village “open spaces” and conservation areas. Previous documents that were developed to support the now disbanded Teesdale Planning Authority included a Village Design Statement (2002) and a Parish Plan (2006), the development of a plan will supersede these previous documents.

Facilitating Group

A facilitating group for the development of a plan has been established comprising of village residents and parish council representatives, your facilitating group is:

Richard Hunter
Parish Council

Lynn Metcalfe

Dreda Forster

Ross Law

Martin Meggs

Simon Crowe

Karen Crowe

Pippa Leech

Philip Leech


In order to keep all residents of the parish informed of progress, regular newsletters will be published and sent electronically or hand delivered to individual households as well as┬ábeing displayed in village notice boards, at the village post office and at the village’s public houses. In addition regular updates will appear in Our Cotherstone on the progress of the working group when there is insufficient information to warrant the issue of a formal newsletter.

Newsletter 7 (April 2018)

Newsletter 6 (Nov 2015)
Newsletter 5 (Sept 2015)
Newsletter 4 (June 2015)
Newsletter 3 (Mar 2015)
Newsletter 2 (Dec 2014)
Newsletter 1 (Dec 2014)

Application for designation

An application for the designation of Cotherstone Neighborhood area was presented to representatives of Durham County Council Spatial Policy Team on Monday 8th December 2014 to allow the commencement of the statutory consultation process to begin.

Application for Designation of Cotherstone Neighborhood Area (.pdf)

Delegation Report from Durham County Council (.pdf)